Sternal Wire Removal
Sternal wire removal is a surgical procedure to remove the wires put in place to stabilize the sternum during a previous heart surgery.
Sternal Wire Removal at Smith Medical
Sternal Wire Removal


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Sternal Wire Removal Procedure

Sternal wire removal is a surgical procedure to remove the wires put in place to stabilize the sternum during a previous surgery. Sternal wires are typically only removed if a patient experiences discomfort or pain, which can migrate and cause irritation. Prior to the procedure, the surgeon will order imaging to locate the wires and form a specific treatment plan.

When is This Procedure Necessary?

A sternal wire removal procedure is medically necessary in cases where the patient is experiencing discomfort or pain due to the presence of wires used during surgery. Common reasons for sternal wire removal include infection at the site of the wires, chronic pain, and interference with daily activities or chest wall movement. These issues can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life and may require surgical intervention to address. Additionally, removal becomes crucial to prevent further complications if there are signs of wire migration or loosening that could potentially cause damage to surrounding tissues or organs.

What To Expect

Patients will be under local or general anesthesia to ensure their comfort throughout the procedure. Once the incision site is cleaned and prepped, the surgeon will carefully locate and remove each wire using specialized instruments. When the goal of the procedure has been achieved, the surgeon will close the incision and the patient will be monitored as they wake up.

Following the procedure, patients are typically monitored closely for any signs of infection or complications. Pain medication may be prescribed to manage any discomfort, but most patients find that over-the-counter pain relievers are sufficient. Patients should report any irregular symptoms to their surgeon.

Sternal Wire Removal with Smith Medical

At Smith Medical, we understand the complexities of healthcare. Today, many procedures and treatments are unattainable due to their lofty price. The average cost of this is a number that a limited amount of the population can afford. Therefore, it is Smith Medical’s mission to provide our patients with the accessible, transparent, and quality care they deserve.

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